Bristol Sounds and Systems: Pursuing a career in the Music Industry

4th Apr '20

This event has been cancelled.

In the interest of health and safety due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), BIMM Institute has taken the decision to close our UK colleges (BIMM Brighton, BIMM Bristol, BIMM Birmingham, BIMM London and BIMM Manchester) and offices to students, staff and visitors.

Unfortunately, this means cancelling upcoming events until further notice, but we are planning to reschedule for a later date. We are also looking into ways to ensure our applicants and prospective students still feel part of our BIMM community. If you have any questions, you can contact our Admissions Team 08442 646 666, email admissions@bimm.ac.uk or talk on Live Chat.


If you dream of working in the music industry, promoting artists, building social campaigns or creating world-conquering live events then join us for Bristol Sounds and Systems – Pursuing A Career In The Music Industry on Saturday 4th April at BIMM Institute Bristol.

Hosted by Dr Jennifer Otter-Bickerdike, our exclusive event will feature an intimate in-conversation with Will Sergeant of Echo & the BunnymenJeremy Pritchard of Everything Everything and Bristol punk band Heavy Lungs.

Get an exciting insight into the lives of our industry panel Emma Garland (Features Editor VICE), Roisin O’Connor (Music Correspondent, The Independent) and Richard Pitt (BBC Introducing) and find out how our Music Business, Event Management and brand-new Music Marketing, Media and Communication (MMMC) courses could help you step into the industry.

You’ll meet current student ambassadors studying BA (Hons) Music BusinessBA (Hons) Event Management and BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communication courses. You will also get information on how you could combine your passions and apply for a Joint Honours course.

Part One

The day will start at 11:30am with a music industry panel featuring Emma Garland (VICE), Roisin O’Connor (The Independent) and Richard Pitt (BBC Introducing). We’ll follow the panel with an introduction to our BA (Hons) Music BusinessBA (Hons) Event Management and BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communication courses. You’ll then have the chance to grab some refreshments and mingle with our student ambassadors.

Part Two

Our event will finish off with an in-conversation with Will Sergeant, one of the founding members of the iconic Echo & The Bunnymen, Mercury Prize Ivor Novello nominated Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything) and Bristol punk band Heavy Lungs. Chat with the artists after the panel about their experiences and careers as music industry professionals.

Course lecturers, Student Support, Admissions and Finance teams will also be on hand to answer any questions, give you a tour of our college and ensure you’re fully informed.

Meet Your Panellists

Will Sergeant
Will is best known for his work as songwriter and inventive guitarist with Echo & The Bunnymen – with whom he has recorded and performed worldwide for forty-one years. He also has long-term ties with the experimental side of life, in the fields of performance, recording and the visual arts. He has produced solo and collaborative works since the 1970s.

Will is a renowned guitarist that has influenced many bands and artist from around the world, including U2, Moby, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Richard Hawley, Radiohead and many others.

Heavy Lungs 
Heavy Lungs are a 4 piece punk band from Bristol, they released their second EP Straight to CD in February 2019.

Jeremy Pritchard
Jeremy is the bass player for the Manchester-based indie group Everything Everything. The band have released four critically acclaimed albums and have twice been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize.

Emma Garland 
Emma Garland is Features Editor at VICE UK. Prior to that Emma was Assistant Editor at Noisey UK. Her writing has also appeared in Pitchfork, The Guardian, Glamour, Huck, Crack Magazine and The Sunday Times to name a few.

Richard Pitt
Richard Pitt is a BBC Radio presenter/producer who presents Bristol’s weekly BBC Introducing programme which aims to highlight the best unsigned music in the South West.

Roisin O’Connor
Roisin O’Connor is a critic, journalist and writer who has served as The Independent’s music correspondent for the past three years. She covers new and live music across all genres, reviews albums, covers industry news, and has profiled a number of the world’s biggest artists, from Slipknot to Taylor Swift. She regularly appears on TV, radio and on industry panels at global events.

Dr. Jennifer Otter-Bickerdike
Your host for the day, Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a media and music academic and author, specialising in fan culture, the cult of dead celebrity, music and music heritage. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, using her experience as a former American music industry and Silicon Valley executive to explore a range of societal issues and behaviours.

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